How much time do you spend each week sitting in your audio system's sweet spot listening to music?

How much time do you spend each week sitting in your audio system's sweet spot listening to music?
0-5 hours
32% (88 votes)
5-10 hours
30% (83 votes)
10-15 hours
21% (58 votes)
15-20 hours
8% (23 votes)
20-30 hours
5% (14 votes)
30-40 hours
2% (6 votes)
More than 40 hours
1% (4 votes)
Total votes: 276

Reader Samo Jecnik, from Ljubljana, Slovenia, has a simple question for audiophiles: "I'd like to know how much time per week <I>Stereophile</I> readers <I>listen</I> to the music on their <I>main</I> systems. I mean the time they're sitting in the sweet spot."

David E.'s picture

Need more comfortable furniture!!

golla's picture

Music is life

John Bertram's picture

The only true reflecting time that I enjoy during the week!!!!

Yuval's picture

I go to the university and work 3 times a week, but I still spend every waking moment listening to my beloved system.

vern neal's picture

two hours per week....i live a busy life

dave's picture

with a newborn son, listening to music on my main system is a rarity

Anonymous's picture

Tell Mikey to get back to work!

C.  Klotzle's picture

Wish I could do more!

Paul Jensen's picture

Too many kids, too little time.

Robin Banks's picture

I live for the weekends! That's when I can sit back and really listen to my system in peace! No one sits in the "spot" but me!

Charles Tidwell's picture

Great magazine. I just won a bid on a McIntosh MC250 from eBay and find myself in my system's sweet spot alot more often. Sounds great with the original Klipsch Cornwalls!

Aerodynamicist's picture

It's not enough; too much time working. Nine months and counting till I retire from full-time work—THEN I can reeaallly listen!

Jeff Vinklarek's picture

Never enough.

Waldemar's picture

I wish I could spend more time in there, but with school work its hard. I'm sure I have music on more than 40h a week probably, but only around 10-15 would be in 'the right spot!'

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Hariman Adinoto's picture

I do serious listening in weekend, specially in Saturday when the house is empty. In the weekday I listen to my second system.

Steve Shuck's picture

Our forced-air heating/cooling system can be turned off for critical listening, but I haven't figured out how to turn off my 3- and 6-year-old sons!

Robert Harris's picture

I just can't help it! It's the first thing I do when I get home from work. I just have to listen!

James Cebedo's picture

I always listen in the sweet spot. If I don't, I don't get the full musical impact.

Steve Hubbs's picture

i love sweet-spot listening! I find that the two hours before I go to bed at night are the best. Listening in the sweet spot is a joy. In a dark room, I find that the sweet spot and the darkness give me a more real listening experience that I can't get in the daytime. I do find, however, that listening in the sweet spot makes you spoiled to the point that, until you find the sweet spot in the local stereo shop's room whille checking out gear for the system, frustration tends to build a lot quicker.

Vannoy's picture

This includes setting up and a tweak her and there.

Klaus Armbruster's picture

Depends on the weather—will be less in summer and much more in winter.

Dan Landen's picture

Not enough. I have NO time. I owe, I owe, so off to work I go!!!

Bartholomew Colloums's picture

I hope this isn't a prelude to one of those ads for omnidirectional loudspeakers. Stereo has a sweet spot. If you are longing for more, read about Michael Gerzon and Ambisonics in the last 20 years of the AES journals. It's already been invented! The stereo ad men just haven't figured out how to hype it!

Bob Haddard's picture

I wish I had 40 hours a week to listen to music, but fortunately the system passes the "other room" listening test with flying colors.

Steve Fine's picture

I wish I had more time, but am glad for every minute.

Paul V.  Parenteau's picture

It's sad to say, but most of my listening takes place as I fritter around my apartment. The sweet-spot sessions are hard to find time for.

Kurt Christie's picture

Not so much during the summer months, but 6 to 8 hours per week during the rest of the year. Wish it could be more. I especially enjoy the music when friends are over to share the sonic pleasure.

Audiosalright's picture

Down with television.

Shuamrul's picture

tha't my only spare time..